News filtered through this week that influential Spanish playmaker, Santi Cazorla will have no part to play in Arsenal's grueling end of season campaign. A campaign where it would be far more enjoyable to get your bet365 bonus code rather than watch most of this season.
The 31-year-old central playmaker had gotten injured in October, and was initially feared to be out for just some weeks, but in typical Arsenal fashion, there has been a setback to his recovery.
Cazorla, prior to his injury was an enigmatic figure and was particularly magnificent when the Gunners walloped Chelsea 3-0 back in October, a game which many thought would herald a shift in power from the Blue side of London back to the early 2000s best of Arsenal.
The player who joined from Malaga five years ago has been an influential player of Arsenal's squad under Wenger, offering quality and leadership, two traits that is all too absent in the squad at the moment.
Legendary boss, Arsene Wenger has come in for major criticism following the way his players have wilted under intense pressure again this season.
The future of the Frenchman, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium runs out this season is up for discussion, while the futures of star forwards, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is also unclear, with both players having contracts that expire at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
The atmosphere at the club is toxic, amid fans unrest, and would not have been helped by news of further Cazorla setback. The midfielder is one player Arsenal fans can relate to, a man who reached the very top via learning curves through teams like Villarreal and Malaga..
Players such as Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka have failed to step up and offer that individual quality that Cazorla brings to the pitch. Coquelin is not a passer while Xhaka's poor disciplinary record means he can't be trusted enough in the biggest games.
With the Top 4 looking distant in the horizon and an upcoming feisty FA Cup semifinal clash against Manchester City in April, Wenger needs every player available and the absence of Cazorla will surely be felt.
In the six months he has been out, the Gunners have flattered to deceive in that time, having a host of inconsistent results and recording some calamitous scorelines in that period.
Cazorla offers the balance that the Arsenal midfield craves. A link between the attack and defence, keen for a pass and also adept at scoring beautiful goals. He makes the entire team tick and players like Mesut Ozil and Sanchez have admitted that having Cazorla behind them offers them some relief that the ball won't be lost to the opponent through misplaced passes as the former Malaga man is very difficult to dispossess off the ball.
If Wenger, Sanchez and Ozil do stay in North London till next season, then the return of Cazorla will surely be a lift. How the fans will love to have their Spanish maestro back..........